Work is the refuge of people who have nothing better to do. : Oscar Wilde

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Mindset: How Many of Us Defeat Ourselves

This speaker could have been talking about me.

I am one of those many millions of people who somehow grew up thinking that if I had to work hard at university it would prove that I was not intelligent enough to justify my being there. This kind of thinking is not only weird, it's fatal as far as academic success is concerned.

The speaker in this video, Professor Carol Dweck of Stanford, describes the results of some of her numerous studies of this pattern of thinking and what can be done about it—and perhaps more importantly what can be done to prevent inculcating it in our children.